Weight Loss

Jun 30, 2022 | Lifestyle

Over 42.4% of the U.S. population suffers from obesity. With obesity comes an increased risk of health problems, including; heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. All of these are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.

We know weight loss can be challenging, and sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough. Our team works with you to create a weight loss plan that sets you on the road to success, not failure. Combining lifestyle medicine with cognitive behavioral therapy to help you lose weight and keep it off.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is it important to maintain a healthy weight?

Your weight influences your risk of a wide range of chronic health problems. For example, obesity is a significant risk factor for a number of conditions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer

When you decide to lose weight, you also improve your health. Weight loss can prevent and even reverse chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Your diet also has an enormous influence on your risk of cancer. The team at Family Medical Center offers cancer education to help you make the best choices to protect your health.

What should I expect from medically supervised weight loss?

Family Medical Center provides a comprehensive, personalized approach to weight loss. The team uses lifestyle medicine to help you lose weight and keep it off. They begin with a comprehensive consultation and exam to learn about your overall health, your relationship with food, and to test you for health conditions that could interfere with your ability to lose weight.

Then the team works with you to implement lifestyle modifications to improve your health and help you lose weight. They overhaul your diet but make the changes incrementally, so the adjustments are more sustainable. They also help you find enjoyable physical activities that you want to make part of your routine. The team also provides therapies and support to reduce your stress levels and improve your sleep.

You might also experience panic attacks. Panic attacks are episodes when you experience several severe physical symptoms. Many people think they’re having a heart attack when they have a panic attack.

How can cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) support weight loss?

CBT is a type of therapy that helps you increase your awareness of your emotions and thoughts and how they influence your behaviors. The team at Family Medical Center uses CBT to help you explore and repair your relationship with food. You learn strategies to deal with the thoughts and feelings that lead to unhealthy food decisions.

For example, if you turn to food in times of stress or emotional distress, the team at Family Medical Center can work with you using CBT to help you change the way you respond to those feelings. Additionally, if depression or anxiety is at the root cause of your poor dietary choices, CBT can help you recover from these pervasive mental health conditions.

If you’re ready to make changes to help you lose weight, keep it off, and improve your overall health, call Family Medical Center, or request an appointment online today.

© 2022, Dr. Heldzinger. All rights reserved.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is educational and general in nature. Neither Dr. Heldzinger, nor author intend this article as a substitute for medical diagnosis, counsel, or treatment by a qualified health professional.